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Loch Skerrow and Barney Water

Mossdale to

Walk No: Glenkens 44

Start: Grassy area near Old railway Bridge, Mossdale. GR NX 662706

Finish: Grassy area near Old railway Bridge, Mossdale. GR NX 662706

Nearest Town: Mossdale

Notes: A circular walk into the heart of Galloway along the old railway line once known as the Paddy Line.

• Distance: 10 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 3hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Old railway track and forest roads.
• Toilets: None available.

• Refreshments: Mossdale shop/PO.

Route Description
1. Leave the car park and head under the road bridge and through the gate. Follow the obvious old railway track as it heads straight towards the forest where another gate allows access to an old cutting, now reclaimed by nature. Continue over the Stroan Viaduct as it spans the outflow of Stroan Loch.

2. The route follows the line of the old railway for approximately 5 Km with open moorland to the L and forest on the R. before reaching the shores of Loch Skerrow. Here ruins of the Halt can be found where trains used to pass and fill up with water. At the southern end of Loch Skerrow look for a suitable place to cross over Loch Lane – tricky after prolonged rains, onto the forest track visible on the opposite side. (This might prove easier by continuing until the Loch Lane is crossed by way of a culvert in the track and then crossing to the forest track.) Head N towards the Loch.

3. Pass through the gate by the Loch and join a more distinct forest road. Follow this as it travels in a gradual descent through various stages of forest development in a northerly direction. Ignore any side junctions, pass over the Glengainoch Burn before shortly reaching the dilapidated dwelling of Barney Water. Cross the River Dee and join the Raiders Road.

4. Turn R and follow this towards Stroan Loch. At the picnic area go under the viaduct. A path leads off L onto the old railway line. Turn R and return to start point.